Michael Gottdenker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Gottdenker joined Hargray in 2007 as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gottdenker is actively involved in formulating Hargray’s strategic direction and overseeing all of its operating activities. Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. Gottdenker served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Access Spectrum, LLC; as President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc.; in a variety of executive positions at Revlon Consumer Products Corporation; and as an investment banker in the Corporate Finance and Real Estate Finance departments of Salomon Brothers Inc.
Mr. Gottdenker is active in a number of philanthropic and professional organizations. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Georgetown Day School, and has served as a Trustee and on the Executive Committee of Wilkes University. He is a member of the Washington DC Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization where he served as Chair of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Gottdenker received a BA degree in Economics and Computer Science from Columbia University. He is married with three children and is an instrument-rated pilot.
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Andrew J. Rein, Interim Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development
Andrew Rein and his family moved to the Hilton Head area in September of 2007. He currently serves as Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development for Hargray. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, mergers and acquisitions, and other development activities.
Prior to assuming this position at Hargray in 2014, Mr. Rein served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for 6 years, and was responsible for the company’s residential, commercial and carrier sales, marketing, product development, customer service, and community relations activities. Prior to that, Mr. Rein temporarily served as Vice President of Finance while Hargray recruited its Chief Financial Officer.
Before joining Hargray, Mr. Rein was Director, Strategy & Operations for Access Spectrum, LLC in Bethesda, MD. Access Spectrum owns and develops licensed wireless spectrum in the 700 MHz and 220 MHz bands. During his seven years at Access Spectrum, Mr. Rein directed business development, strategy and operational activities, and was instrumental in the company’s successful effort to repurpose its spectrum for 4G commercial broadband networks.
Before joining Access Spectrum, Mr. Rein was an analyst at Dean & Company, a Washington DC-based telecommunications strategy consulting firm.
Mr. Rein holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University where he graduated summa cum laude with Honors in 2000.
Chris McCorkendale, Vice President, Operations and Strategic Sales
Chris McCorkendale currently serves as Vice President, Operations and Strategic Sales. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s operations, New Markets, and strategic sales activities.
Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. McCorkendale was the Area General Manager and Vice President of Field Operations for Frontier Communications in Nebraska and Iowa. In this role, he was responsible for overall company operations in these states.
Before Frontier, Mr. McCorkendale was Vice President of Operations Strategy and Development for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc. in Pennsylvania. In this position, he directed business development, strategy, and operational improvement initiatives for the company. He also managed merger-related activities associated with Frontier’s March 2007 acquisition of CTE. In addition to other roles with this company, Mr. McCorkendale served as Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Prior to entering the communications industry, Mr. McCorkendale served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a retired lieutenant colonel with more than twenty-two years of active and reserve service.
Mr. McCorkendale holds an M.B.A. from Troy State University and a BA degree in Economics from Missouri State University.
Tom Walsh, Vice President, Network and Information Technology
Tom Walsh currently serves as Vice President of Network and Information Technology for Hargray. In this role, he is responsible for activities related to the company’s network engineering, network operations, and information technology services.
Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. Walsh was the Executive Director for Apparo Solutions, Inc. in Charlotte, NC, a technology nonprofit providing technology services to area nonprofits. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of Apparo’s mission in service to the greater Charlotte region.
Before Apparo, Mr. Walsh was CIO and Vice President of Information Technology for ACN, Inc., a Concord, NC-based network marketing firm providing telecommunication services in 23 countries across the globe. In this position, he drove strategic technology planning and execution, and operational execution of all corporate technology services in the US and Canada, as well as system services for the global network of Independent Business Owner.
Prior to entering the communications industry, Mr. Walsh worked in the financial services sector, at several life and property/casualty insurers, as well as in banking.
Mr. Walsh holds an M.B.A. from New Haven University and a BA degree in History/Education from Fairfield University.
Gerrit Albert, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Gerrit Albert, a Savannah native, currently serves as the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Hargray. In his role, he is responsible for the company’s residential and business sales, marketing, customer services, and community relations activities.
Prior to joining Hargray in 2014, Mr. Albert worked for Crescent Resources as general manager for Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, SC. He was responsible for the oversight of all aspects of Palmetto Bluff (The Inn at Palmetto Bluff—AAA 5 diamond hotel, Palmetto Bluff Club, Palmetto Bluff Golf, POA, Palmetto Bluff Real Estate Company and the Conservancy).
Before that, Mr. Albert was president of Hampton Lake for Reed Development, and president of Hampton Hall for Toll Brothers, both in Bluffton, SC. He was also a land manager for The Branigar Organization in Hilton Head, SC. In addition, he has served as Vice Chair of the Urban Land Institute Recreational Development Blue Council and holds real estate licenses in Georgia and South Carolina.
Mr. Albert earned an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. from Furman University in Greenville, SC.
David Armistead, General Counsel and Secretary
David Armistead has more than 17 years of experience working with telecommunications and other utility companies. Mr. Armistead joined Hargray in 2007 and currently serves as the company’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In his current position, he is responsible for the company’s legal, regulatory, legislative, human resources, purchasing and real property functions.
Mr. Armistead joined Hargray from CT Communications, Inc., a publicly traded telecommunications and broadband provider, where he held the position of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary until that company’s sale to Windstream Corporation in 2007.
Prior to CT Communications, Mr. Armistead was a partner in the law firm of Troutman Sanders, LLP. With Troutman Sanders, he concentrated his practice on representing telecommunications and utility companies on corporate, regulatory and legislative matters.
Mr. Armistead received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1993. He earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1996, where he graduated first in his class and served as Editor in Chief of the Georgia Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Armistead clerked for then Chief Judge Boyce F. Martin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.